Why do some babies not like being put in their crib, while others can lie quietly in their cradle, asleep or awake, without any complaint? Your baby always wants to be held and only seems happy being in your arms. And, of course, many "well-meaning" people among your family and friends are quick to affirm that you are spoiling the little whiner.
Actually, according to Revital Algor, a baby development specialist and sleep consultant, there may be various good reasons for you to hold your baby. In particular, babies with an increased tone may have high muscle tension or digestive issues, which means they really need hands-on time to be comforted and finally relax.
Some babies may also need to experience more of their previous uterine environment, where they were almost constantly in motion, whether moving by themselves or when their mother was moving. To lie motionless on a flat surface can be very disturbing for them.
Some theories have also stated that, during the first months, a baby feels like an inseparable part of mom, hence this powerful need to be glued to her. Even if it can be exhausting sometimes for the mother (and why not the father, as well?), being carried has some advantages for your baby's development.
Being carried strengthens babies' body perception, allowing them to feel more secure while discovering the world, at a time when they are not yet fully aware of their body parts. This close contact helps them improve their developing balance system (located in the middle ear) and fine-tune their mobility. So it's no surprise that so many babies love snuggling up in their mother's arms all the time.
Picture: A mother holding her baby in her arms (ChildUp Early Education & DALL-E - 2022)